Not content with just running the family estate (Domaine Denis Mortet), Arnaud Mortet created his own label. This exciting project was made possible by a retiring vigneron, who passed a four-hectare estate to him and his sister, Clémence. Their first vintage was 2016. Arnaud carries out all the vineyard work with his team – to the same, exacting standards applied to the family vines – and then buys the fruit from the proprietor. Technically, this makes it a négociant business, but in reality he has 100% control of the vineyards and the winemaking. The circa four hectares are spread around Gevrey-Chambertin – the majority 50-year-old village vines, and then similarly old-vine plots across the Premiers Crus La Perrière and Lavaux St Jacques and Grands Crus Mazoyères and Charmes. The vineyards are relatively old. Arnaud believes that the plant material is similar to that at Domaine Maume, giving quite large but well-spaced bunches of grapes providing good aeration for the fruit, meaning rot and other fungal diseases are not an issue. The winemaking will evolve as Arnaud gains more confidence in the health of the vineyards, feeling that the quality of the fruit has to be perfect for his normal practices to work fully. He therefore intends to be more cautious with regards to new oak and whole-bunch usage in early vintages of these wines, before the style mirrors that of the Domaine Denis Mortet range. Arnaud Mortet is exclusive to Berry Bros. & Rudd in the UK.
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